Commodore Thomas M. Simmons
Master of the S.S. Argentina
Born April 4, 1895, Saba Island, D.W.I.
Wife – Enid May Simmons. Six children.
March 2, 1922 – Joined Munson S.S. Line as 3rd Officer, S.S. Munargo.
January 11, 1923 – Appointed Chief Officer, S.S. Munargo.
June 21, 1924 – Became Master S.S. Excelsior, Munson Line.
Remained with Munson Line until June 14, 1938 as Master of S.S. Munplace, S.S. Munorleans, S.S. Munargo, S.S. Western World, S.S. Pan
America, S.S. Southern Cross, and S.S. American Legion.
Munson Line taken over by Maritime Commission and Captain Simmons sailed as Master of S.S. Pan America under Commission from June
15, 1938 to August 21, 1938.
September 21, 1938 - Appointed Master S.S. Argentina, Moore-McCormack's American Republics Line. Served as Master S.S. Argentina
from that date until November 4, 1946 when ship was put in dry dock for reconversion.
November 5, 1946 - Appointed Assistant Port Captain, Moore-McCormack Lines, at Pier 32, North River.
January 15, 1948 – Appointed Master S.S. Argentina sailing her on her first post-war voyage.
August 5, 1958 – Left the S.S. Argentina after ringing down her engines for the final time before lay-up in the James River Reserve
August 24, 1958 – Appointed Commodore, becoming first Commodore of Moore-McCormack Lines.
September 13, 1958 – Takes command of the new luxury ocean liner, S.S. Brasil for her maiden voyage to South America.
November 20, 1958 – Leaves the S.S. Brasil to take command of the Brasil's sister ship, the new luxury ocean liner, S.S.
December 12, 1958 – Takes command of the new luxury ocean liner, S.S. Argentina for her maiden voyage to South America.
April 11, 1963 – Retires from his maritime career.
Dies March 27, 1970, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.